to let his chance of geting into one of the new Reg.t that will probably be raised, slip by unimproved.
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ALS, DLC-USG, postmarked New Orleans, March 16, 1846.
Camp Near Matamoras
March 29th 1846
MY DEAR JULIA
A long and laborious march, and one that was threatened with opposition from the enemy too, has just been completed, and the Army now in this country arelaying in camp just opposite to the town of Matamoras. The city from this side of the river bears a very imposing appearance and no doubt contains from four to five thousand inhabitants. Apparently there are a large force of Mexican troops preparing to attack us. Last night during the night they threw up a small Breast work of Sand Bags and this morning they have a piece of Artillery mounted on it and directed toward our camp. Whether they really intend anything or not is doubtful. Already they have boasted and threatened so much and executed so little that it is generally believed that all they are doing is mere bombast and show, intended to intimidate our troops. When our troops arrived at the Little Colorado, (a river of about 100 yards in width and near five feet deep where we forded it) they were met by a Mexican force, which was represented by there commander to be large and ready for an attack. A parly took place between